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Doug Nichols
Head Men's Coach

Doug Nichols took over as head coach of  the Henderson State basketball program in July of 2011.

Coach Nichols is the 27th person to lead the Reddies during 99-year history of the program.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” said Nichols. “Every coach dreams of becoming a head coach one day, and I could not be more excited about the opportunity that the committee has afforded me.”

Nichols comes to Henderson after spending the past season at Arkansas Tech serving as the Wonder Boys’ top assistant coach. He helped guide Tech to a Gulf South Conference West Division title, a NCAA South Regional Semifinal appearance and a 25-6 overall record.

“I am excited about the opportunity to build on the rich tradition that Henderson State Basketball is,” Nichols added. “We have a long way to go, but I am eager to begin the process of building the program, and doing it in a way that will make all constituents of HSU proud.”

Prior to his stint at Arkansas Tech, Nichols served as an assistant coach on Danny Kasper's staff at Stephen F. Austin during the 2009-10 season, and one year (2008-09) as an assistant coach on Todd Neighbors' staff at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.

While with Angelina College, he served as the as the program’s recruiting coordinator and academic success coordinator.

Nichols began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at SFA in 2006. He spent two seasons with the Lumberjacks in that capacity and had a hand in all aspects of the program.

His primary responsibilities included scouting, player evaluation, film exchange, travel planning, academic support and academic advising, along with the maintenance of the recruiting database. While serving as a graduate assistant, the Lumberjacks won the 2008 Southland Conference Championship and made it to the first round of the NIT tournament.

Before going to SFA, Nichols worked as an athletic assistant for basketball operations with the men’s program at Texas A&M University serving under former current Texas Tech Head Coach Billy Gillispie.

Nichols has experience working with basketball camps, serving as the director and operator of the South Texas All-Star Basketball Camp.

Nichols earned a Bachelor of Sports Management from Texas A&M in 2005, as well as earning his Master’s of Education from Stephen F. Austin in 2007.

Nichols is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas where he attended Ray High School and lettered three years in basketball earning All-District honors.

Chris Oestreich
Head Women's Coach

Chris Oestreich is in his first year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

Oestreich has served as Henderson’s top assistant for the past two seasons and has been instrumental as Henderson’s chief recruiter while also being responsible for breaking down film as well as day-to-day administrative duties.

“Our team will continue to play an up-tempo style of basketball, but will be more structured,” said Oestreich. “Our players will be pushed and well conditioned and fun to watch. I use a positive reinforcement approach and I find that the players respond well to that style. I believe in teaching players to take ownership of their effort and actions. This helps them mature and be effective players and people.”

Since arriving to Henderson, Oestreich has also spent time working with the student-athletes academic progress as well as several community service projects.

“These are two areas that I feel are important to having a successful program,” said Oestreich. “Our players will work hard in the classroom. If our players can’t perform in the classroom, then they can’t perform on the court. It is also important for us to develop strong relationships within our community as well as with our students, fans and boosters.”

A veteran to the coaching field, Oestreich has been in the profession for 23 years, spending 21 years in the college ranks as well as coaching internationally.

Oestreich served as head men’s coach at Austin College, a NCAA Division III institution in Texas.

During his 12 years from 1995 to 2007, Oestreich won the American Southwest Conference title in 1997 and recorded seven straight winning seasons including second place finishes in the ASC in 1999, 2001, and 2002.

Oestreich earned ASC Coach of the Year honors in 1996 and again in 1997. Following the 1996-1997 season, Oestreich also earned NAIA Division II Region Coach of the Year honors. In 2002, he was named ASC East Division Co-Coach of the Year, despite working without athletic aid or assistant coaches.

While at Austin College, Oestreich also served as a member on the NCAA Division III South Region committee. In addition to his duties as head basketball coach, Oestreich also served in an administrative capacity as the director of the Mason Athletic and Recreation Complex and taught various Exercise Science courses.

Oestreich also coached several select teams which traveled overseas. His teams traveled to six different European countries and performed well in International play compiling a 32-2 record.

Oestreich also coached Hoop Dreams Select for three years. His teams compiled a 97-37 record while competing in numerous regional and national tournaments.

Oestreich also served as an assistant coach at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa during the 1994-1995 season, and as an assistant at Rockhurst University in Kansas City from 1991 through 1994.

Oestreich earned his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education at St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kansas in 1988, and his master’s in Educational Administration in1994 from the University of Missouri.

Oestreich and his wife Val are parents of two children, Spencer and Logan.

Dwayne Paul
Assistant Men's Coach

Dwayne Paul is in his first season on the Henderson State Men's Basketball Staff.

Paul comes to Henderson after serving two seasons as a member of the University of Wyoming basketball staff.

“I am very excited about addition of Dwayne Paul to our staff,” said Nichols. “Dwayne brings great passion and excitement not only for the game of basketball, but for helping our student-athletes on and off the court. He comes very highly recommended and has an extensive network of NCAA coaches in his corner. The relationships that he has been able to build both with his past players and on the recruiting trail with coaches and parents will be a tremendous asset to our staff.”

Paul's responsibilities at Wyoming included assisting the coaching staff with numerous aspects of the program. His duties range from film exchange to practice preparation. Along with his duties for the Cowboy basketball team,

Paul is currently pursuing a master's degree in education.

Paul enjoyed a long, successful basketball playing career that culminated with playing professional ball for the East Kentucky Miners of the CBA.

Paul began his college basketball career at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. In his time at Eastfield, he led the Harvesters to a No. 1 national junior college ranking while averaging 21.0 points and 8.2 rebounds a game during his second year. He was a Junior College All-American, as well an all-conference and all-region performer.

After two years at Eastfield, Paul transferred to Birmingham Southern where he spent the 2005-06 season. At BSU, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. He recorded three double-doubles on the season and scored in double-figures 16 times, including a pair of 20-point games.

Paul spent his senior season (2006-07) at Murray State University where he played in 29 games. There, he scored 4.3 points and pulled down 3.5 rebounds a game. He earned his bachelor's degree in business advertising, along with a minor in business administration from Murray State.

Paul was born in Port Arthur, Texas and later moved to Arlington, Texas. He attended Arlington Bowie High School, where he was a three-year starter, a District MVP, a Third Team All-State selection and a First Team All-Region pick in basketball.

“The guys will respect Coach Paul’s playing and coaching resume from day one,” Nichols added. “Anytime you can add someone who has both coached and played at the highest level of Division 1 basketball, as well as played professionally, it is going to be tough to pass up. We are very happy to have Dwayne Paul.”

Kaci Bailey
Assistant Women's Coach

Kaci Bailey joined the Lady Reddie Basketball Coaching Staff on July 1, 2011.

Bailey comes to Henderson State after working as a graduate assistant for the past two years at the University of Arkansas Monticello.

“Her two years at UAM us an assistant who knows the conference and how competitive it can be,” said HSU Women's Coach Chris Oestreich. “She also has experience recruiting Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and the regional Junior Colleges which is a big plus.”

The Dresden, Tenn. native played four years at Southern Illinois University, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and the NCAA Division I.

Both Oestreich and Bailey will work together recruiting, but Bailey will serve as Henderson’s recruiting coordinator, focusing on regional high school players as well as assisting with all day to day duties within the program.

In her four seasons at SIU, Bailey played in 101 games, including 24 starts at guard. She finished her career shooting 33 percent from the field (71-of-213), 35 percent from three-point range (62-of-178) and 70 percent from the free-throw line (37-of-53). She also collected 70 career rebounds, 65 of which were defensive.

“Being a former D-1 player, Kaci brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the staff,” Oestreich added.

Prior to SIU, Bailey produced impressive numbers at Dresden High School in Tennessee, where she still ranks first all-time with 257 three-pointers made in her career.

She also finished her prep career among the top three all-time leaders in free throw percentage (84.5 percent, 1st), scoring (1,482 points, 3rd) and assists (310, 3rd). In her senior season, she was a first team all-district, all-region and all-state selection, averaging 15 points per game.

Bailey is a 2005 graduate of Dresden High School and a 2009 graduate of Southern Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in recreation with a double minor of business marketing and psychology.

Mason Wood
Men's Graduate Assistant

Mason Wood enters his first season as a member of the Henderson State Men’s Basketball program.

Prior to coming to HSU, Wood served four years as a team manager at NCAA Division I Southern Illinois University Carbondale. At SIU his duties included film exchange with opponents, breaking down game film, assisting in summer camps, sending recruiting mail outs, equipment management, and other administrative duties as assigned.

In the summer of 2010, Wood was a USA Basketball Support Staff member for the FIBA America Games which were held in San Antonio, Texas. That summer he assisted Samson Keyode with film.

While at SIU, Wood was a part of the coaching staff that ended the 2007-08 season with an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

Wood is actively pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration at Henderson.

Lauren Weidmyer
Women's Graduate Assistant

Lauren Weidmyer enters her second season as the graduate assistant for women’s basketball at Henderson State University.

Prior to coming to HSU, Weidmyer served as a graduate assistant at Division I Marshall University (Huntington, W. Va.) for the 2009-10 season. While at Marshal she was heavily involved in recruiting potential student-athletes, coordinating film exchange with opponents, and assisting in the facilitation of team practices.

Before joining the coaching ranks, Weidmyer earned a full athletic scholarship for basketball at Division I, University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.). While at UNH, Weidmyer played the point, and was named the team’s most improved player in 2005.

In her prep playing days, Weidmyer was a four-year varsity starter at Saint John Villa Academy (Staten Island, N.Y.) and helped lead team to three consecutive state titles. Wiedmyer was also a McDonald’s High School All-American nominee.

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Weidmyer also has a wealth of AAU coaching experience and has assisted in several basketball summer camps.